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D&D 4e - attack rolls - “level +x vs. defense” - clarification

I noticed that in the Book of Vile Darkness, for example, there are a lot of powers/diseases defined as "level+x vs. defense". I want to be make sure I understand how these are rolled before I build ...
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Does Beast-Friending a horse overrule the rider?

A PC successfully casts Beast Friend on an NPC's horse while the NPC is riding on it (e.g. charging in battle). If the PC now suggests the horse to run away or lie down, does the horse simply do that, ...
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New DM running Hoard of the Dragon Queen (5e) in roll20, how do I approach using the maps? [closed]

Some friends and I decided to give D&D 5e a try. Two of us have played 4e and pathfinder before, and it's my first time DMing a game so this is all new to me. We've got our character sheets made ...
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What parts of D&D 5e's design heritage come from D&D 4e?

What are the significant elements that D&D 5e's design has kept from the design of D&D 4e (and which were unique to the 4th edition of D&D)? What parts of D&D 5e's heritage are from ...
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100 views

What ranged monsters have the highest damage output?

I'm looking for monsters (Heroic Tier) with this feature. Damage as high (or higher) as a brute's, but ranged. I need them for a matter of design (I wanna compare them to other monsters to learn what ...
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Why can't Cure Wounds heal necrotic damage done by powerful undead, but sleeping can?

Reading the PHB, DM, and MM, I am having a hard time understanding how healing works for necrotic damage done by the attacks of various undead, such as the Vampire's Bite attack on page 297 of the ...
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Is there a resource for generating appropriate goods for a post-apocalyptic looting?

One of the problems I have running post-apocalyptic survival games is that the genera expects a very detailed and strict tracking of equipment. This usually goes fine until the party tracks down a ...
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Keeping a group together in a Zombie RPG

Being fairly new to GMing I am having trouble with keeping my PC's from turning on each other, and every thing in sight. It doesn't matter how much I punish them for killing obvious allies, or ...
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Does Great Weapon Fighting apply to Superiority Die rolls?

Great Weapon Fighting states: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new ...
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Good Pre-generated adventure for absolute new Players and new DM? [closed]

Next weekend, I and three friends are going to sit down and have a game of D&D. None of us have ever played D&D before and I have been given the role of DM. I'm looking for a good ...
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Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?

First, let's take a look at the Spear (D&D 5e Player’s Handbook p. 149): Spear (Simple Melee Weapon) Cost: 1 gp Weight: 3lbs Damage: 1d6 piercing Properties: Thrown (range 20/60), ...
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Is high level magic available in the D&D 3.5 E6 variant rules?

The D&D 3.5 E6 variant rules cap character's level progression to Level 6. How does this affect high level magic? I understand that spellcasters may continue to add more spell slots once they ...
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833 views

Can clerics create holy water?

I'm running a 5th edition campaign that's going well. I'm not very versed in the system just yet, and my group has run into a little bit of a bind - it's not game-breaking, but it tends to come up ...
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How long can a readied spell be held before it's lost?

From RAW, it's clear that a character can ready a spell that has a casting time of 1 action and release the spell when the trigger occurs or directly after the trigger finishes:1 Provided, that the ...
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Merging egos with stress and trauma in Eclipse Phase

I'm playing a two-ego hive-mind, where I basically keep two alpha forks active in two morphs with access jacks and mnemonic augmentations so they can sync up whenever they have free time. The biggest ...
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How much can you fit into a portable hole?

A Portable Hole (DMG I p.264) is described as being 6' in diameter and 10' deep, which translates to over 282 cubic feet or just over 8000 liters of empty space. But unlike the Bag of Holding (DMG I ...
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Does Freedom of Movement prevent being engulfed by a Thomil?

One of our characters is using Rashemi Elemental Summoning to summon Thomil earth elementals. The elemental's engulf ability states: As a standard action, a thomil of size Small or larger may ...
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How can I get around the drow's light sensitivity?

My friends and I are trying to come up with ways to get around the drow's sunlight limitations. We thought of using spells, but Darkness makes it impossible to see, which would defeat the purpose. ...
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2answers
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Can conjured creatures bring back something (objects or creatures)

Can a conjured creature (e.g., called, summoned or created) bring back something when returning to the original plane? Examples could be an object a willing creature or an unwilling grappled ...
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358 views

Tiefling Sorcerer with Dragonic bloodline?

So my son has decided to play a Tiefling Sorcerer with the Draconic bloodline class feature. Although our Encounters DM shrugged her shoulders when asked and he's already played two sessions with him. ...
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Healer/Fighter help? [closed]

Alright so I've been planning this huge quest for about a month now. And I am planning on using a character I create as a guiding tool. Only problem is, I know all my friends who are going to join are ...
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209 views

How do I create a balanced “Glass Cannon” monster? [closed]

I have a good handle on 4e monster creation, but there is one particular role missing for me that the current monsters don't satisfy, and I need assistance making sure it works well. I want a monster ...
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1answer
343 views

Is a character flat-footed if they end their turn mid-jump?

In 3.5, a character can end their turn mid-jump if they run out of movement for that round but they have not finished their jump. Is such a character considered to be flat-footed, as is a balancing or ...
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132 views

Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?

When using the Aid Another action break invisibility? I'm inclined to say no because you're not actually attacking a creature, you're making an attack roll against a flat AC of 10. Aid Another ...
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1answer
89 views

Can a mindless creature make Int-based skill checks?

If I have a mindless creature that can use skills, like an Astral Construct using the Utility option of Advanced Constructs, can that creature make Int-based skill checks? I have a plan for my ...
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112 views

Does there exist a complete list of D&D 3.X Wizards of the Coast Web site articles?

The Wizards of the Coast Web site has some buried Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and 3.5 articles like this and this.1 The usual site's article categories omit some categories, especially ...
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Can a creature who's been Swallowed Whole attack the creature it's in other than cutting its way out?

Can a creature swallowed by another creature with the Swallow Whole (Ex) ability try to damage the swallowing creature without trying to cut its way out? A swallowed creature keeps the grappled ...
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How have the rules of D&D 5e been modified for the Adventure Zone podcast?

I listen to the popular podcast The Adventure Zone, which consists of a D&D (5th Edition) campaign played by the McElroy brothers from My Brother, My Brother, and Me, and their father, but I have ...
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436 views

Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?

There's no need for much explanation here. If I want to play as an Arcane Character that infuses his arrows with magical power, how do I do it according to the RAW in a way that I'll feel the closest ...
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What would be the best way to turn the seeker into the Arcane Archer? D&D 4e house-rule

So, this is supposed to be simple. I wanted to turn the Seeker into the Arcane Archer class since the Arcane Archer is something that most people in my group wanted to play as and there's no REAL way ...
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Should I choose targets before or after I roll for the Beholder's rays?

Reading the Beholder's stat block I noticed that the Eye Rays it can fire are randomly determined. Do I roll for them before I choose a target so I still have a say as to which PC is affected by what ...
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How to handle time in D&D 5e

I want to run a campaign where time is a central factor, in the sense that NPCs will be certain places at certain times, and learning these patterns is important, but I'm not sure how to handle it. In ...
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1answer
199 views

Would the Ranger be overpowered if their Animal Companion kept attacking once ordered?

For an Animal Companion to attack, the Ranger has to use his action to command it. I am looking to see some math on just why this restriction is in place. Is the ranger way over-powered if the animal ...
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2answers
316 views

Fey Ancestry - What spells and effects are covered by 'advantage against being charmed'

Elves and Half-Elves have Fey Ancestry, which states You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed. What spells and effects are covered by this? Only Charm Person? Enchantment spells ...
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Overall mechanical effects of 16 point buy in 5e

Our DM allows a point buy of ability 16, with a cost of 12. The total cost is still at 27. I feel this is harmful for balance, because a +1 on your main ability allows reaching a stat of 20 by level ...
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1answer
210 views

Swarms: Do they qualify for Flanking an enemy?

My druid wants to start summoning swarms for the rogue to use as a flanking buddy. Would this work?
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Starting a new 4e adventure with an old character. How should I handle treasure/equipment?

In my last campaign, one of my players' PC died and he wants to use his old character going forward. What equipment should he start with? There will be a difference in treasure, as the older ...
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1answer
102 views

What all does being nonproficient with armor apply to besides the obvious?

Looking at the rules for armor check penalties, I'm a little confused as to what all is affected when you are nonproficient with armor. Is there anything beside the obvious penalties — attack rolls, ...
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203 views

Looking for “high dark” fantasy setting

I'm looking for a fantasy setting which should fit these rather specific key points: Overall dark feeling. This will be a Monster Hunters game, so heroic sillyness, a comic-book feel, and so on are ...
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2answers
470 views

Do the benefits of a feat granted by a class count as that feat?

This is really three questions. If a class says that it grants the benefits of a certain feat, do I need to meet the prerequisites for that feat in order to actually receive the benefits? For ...
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1answer
146 views

Favored Enemy vs unidentified target

In my next session, there's a good chance that the players will interact with a Kobold Ranger that has been following them around. It might even come to combat. However my players, being aware that ...
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2answers
88 views

Will quicken spell allow a (ranged) touch attack as part of the swift action?

Quicken spell says that: Casting a quickened spell is a swift action. Some spells, like snowball require a ranged touch attack: You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw ...
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6answers
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What's the best way to make travel time more interesting?

My players are going from Neverwinter to Comyr in D&D 4e Forgotten Realms. So, what I do everytime they travel is, learned from The Order of the Stick, a single random encounter (which, honestly, ...
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6answers
639 views

What should happen when a player does not follow his class at all? (i.e. plays his role badly)

I have a player who created a Druid and is mostly playing like a barbarian in combat and like a rogue the rest of the time. This means he kills animals, does not care for plants, does not use his ...
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2answers
401 views

Do you get the equipment of your new class when you multi-class?

When multi-classing, do you take the equipment from your new class and add it to the equipment you got from your main class?
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1answer
241 views

Can I attack with a weapon and also use a net if I do it in that order?

If you have two attacks for any reason, using a net clearly prevents you from using any more. Suppose you have a trident and you attack with your trident first, though: can you swap to your net for ...
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2answers
105 views

Can a Pathfinder Summoner act after his summoned monsters act?

When do summoned monsters act after the first round, and can a Pathfinder Summoner, using their Summon Monster spell-like ability, choose to delay until after in order to summon a second monster using ...
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2answers
316 views

Does a ranger have to repeat the order for his companion to attack every round

The ranger has to use an action to tell his animal companion to attack Once they give that command do they have to repeat it every round? If so why wouldn't they just get a guard dog that would do ...
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1answer
85 views

Do rogue levels count toward your Familiar's special abilities?

The writing on Familiars says: All familiars have special abilities (or impart abilities to their masters) depending on the master's combined level in classes that grant familiars. Since the ...
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146 views

Can a Light domain cleric's Warding Flare be used in response to an Attack of Opportunity?

Say a Light domain cleric is adjacent to a hostile creature, and attacks the enemy as its action. After the action, the cleric moves away from the creature, provoking an attack of opportunity, which ...

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